Step 1: Collect Your Utensils
You will need:
Large size soda bottle
Exacto or other blade knife
String, chain or wire for hanging
Step 2: Get Naked
Step 3: Cut at the Seam
If your seam is very close to where the ridges form, that draw a line around the bottom, at least an inch away from where the ridges start. It is VERY important that the ridges be well intact to the now cut off bottom part.
Now the body of the bottle chould be cut and seperated from the bottom.
Step 4: Insert Removed Bottom
The bottom will create a resevoir that will hold water, a little more than a cup I think.
Step 5: Duct Tape and Seal
I use it to seal where the newly inserted bottom and body of the bottom line up so there is no slippage. Also I feel it helps the strength of the plastic maintain its integrity where is will be hole punched. I like to fold it in half and line it up so half is on the outside, half is on the inside, so that when we go to punch, it will be through four layers (tape/plastic/plastic/tape).
I'm a crazy Virgo and like it to line up perfectly. After I wrap it around I just fold it to the inside of the bottom as smooth and neat as possible.
and lastly, I like the nice black band at the top so I canuse a nice gold or silver sharpie to label the plant variety/name and that on black will POP and be easy to read.
Step 6: Cut Soaker Holes
I do this now to the bottom so that if I slip my knife, it will be caught in the bottle, as opposed to slipping off and potentially causing harm.
Step 7: Holes for Hanging
MAKE VERY SURE when you punch the holes, that you do so in the center of each ridge. The plastic is far thicker and stronger in the ridges, so placed here then hung, the bottle will have a significantly stronger area that it is hung from and it will be very less likely to collapse in in itself. Also having two layers of plastic makes it more ridgid and strong as well.
I punch my holes in the middle of the tape, not too close to the edge, and not too close to the ridges.
Step 8: Fill, Hang and Enjoy
Use your preferred methos of hanging it and ta-da! All done! I usually use what I have around, which has included wire and keyrings, or thick twine. I would prefer to use the nice chains that many retail hanging basket have, but I'm cheap and it would be like lipstick on a pig being put on cut up bottles and all.
I've thought about trying out Kryolon's Plastic Fusion line of spray paint to color them wild and fun colors, but decided I like seeing the root systems EXPLODE inside my cheap little contraption.
After you hang simply fill the resevoir with water and it will slowly soak into the soil.
Now watch it grow!